Sunny Days in Heaven
Spiritual/Political/Philosophical Blog on the Nature of Truth and Falsehood and Heaven

Friday, September 08, 2006  

New English Review

You can find me blogging at The Iconoclast and writing articles at NER now.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 1:40 PM |

Friday, March 10, 2006  

Today's Quote:

The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.

Shana Alexander

And hostile.

People pretty much enjoy being average, but don't want to think of themselves as average. Excellence creates unfortunate comparisons that aren't easily overlooked by both the one who is excellent and others who are not.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 9:51 AM |

Friday, February 17, 2006  

So, what's your problem?

Why haven't you met God?

Have you ever asked yourself that question? I've met a lot of people who have said at one time (myself included), "If God wants me to know him or do what he wants, he knows where to find me. Go ahead and give me a call, God."

Naomi Wolf, the Jewish feminist, claims she has met Jesus recently. So why haven't you?

Then there's another feminist writer in England who is taking a year off to explore "spirituality" after she had an encounter where she felt anointed as if a jar of beautiful ointment poured down upon her and she felt transcendant love or peace or happiness.

Most religious people have had some kind of inkling or experience which sustains them in their faith, but few have ever had the full "technicolor Hollywood experience" as someone I know once put it of being knocked of their horse, dazzled by the burning bush or had the spirit of God like a dove descend upon them and send them into the wilderness for forty days and nights.

What makes God either so picky, elusive, impassive to requests, or capricious?

More on that in another blog, but ask yourself, this - is it possible that I could meet God directly but I just haven't really wanted to?

posted by Mark Butterworth | 11:31 PM |

Tuesday, January 17, 2006  


I marched in the 60's for civil rights and yet, I am deeply underwhelmed by MLK Jr. day. I've always though it was a a cause in search of a desire. Particularly after so much has been revealed of MLK's clay feet.

I can easily forgive sins in a great man, but not one who purported to be a great and a religious man. MLk's philandering and plagiarism have greatly lowered my esteem for the man despite his good acomplishments. Add to that his communism later on, and we have serious problems taking the holiday seriously.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 1:35 AM |

Saturday, January 14, 2006  

I never read about this in Revelation

The engineering of green glowing pigs:

posted by Mark Butterworth | 11:59 AM |

Friday, January 13, 2006  


The Devil

According to MSNBC, about 50 people died in Saudi Arabia during the annual ritual of throwing stones at the devil. Apparently a stampede broke out when somebody tripped on luggage. That sounds like a poorly conceived punch line, but it actually happened. And it isn’t the first time. In 1990, 1,426 people died in a stampede while throwing stones at the very same devil. (No word as to whether luggage was involved.) And in 2004, the devil killed another 244 stone-throwers the same way. By my count, the score is Devil 1,720 and Believers 0.

This is on the same day that the guy who shot John Paul II was freed. Clearly, the devil is having a good day.

I think it’s interesting that when you pray to God for a new bike, it hardly ever materializes in your bedroom within seconds. But when you throw stones at the devil, quite often you get an immediate response. That’s an example of good customer service.

I laughed.

(via Relapsed Catholic)

posted by Mark Butterworth | 4:06 PM |

Thursday, January 12, 2006  

A Man's home is his castle

Ever want to build a castle? This man is. He includes instructions and the work accomplished thus far.

His other website illustrates other castles in America.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 3:08 PM |

To heck with 'em

Cute Overload wouldn't use the picture below for their site, so I will use it for mine.

From the Sacramento Bee

posted by Mark Butterworth | 2:43 PM |

Why do judges drift Left?

Some say it's the elite
they find themselves in, others say it is all about playing roles, others say it is about acquiring perspectives they did not have through their colleagues, but I say it's because too many people are soft headed and weak minded. That is, too many find it impossible to say to the poor, the weak, the marginalized, the oppressed - tough luck. I feel for you, but the fact is, we can't make life fair by altering society on your behalf. You have to win that on your own through your elected officials.

“We don’t really take a case in order to, quote-unquote, do justice” or “to make sure that the good guy won and the bad guy lost,” Scalia said.

Robert Bork provides a popular answer: justices “tend to drift to the left in response to elite opinion.” According to his theory, judges come to associate with and respond to “the intellectual class . . . dominant in, for example, the universities, the media, church bureaucracies, and foundation staffs.” Once seated on the court, right-leaning judges eventually adopt “the intelligentsia’s attitude, which is to the cultural left of the American people.”

As the left-leaning judge Guido Calabresi explains, “I am extraordinarily role-conscious. I think that we play roles all the time. What is appropriate for me as a judge, what is appropriate for me as a scholar, what is appropriate as a dean [of Yale Law School], and what is appropriate if I did more op-ed writing . . . are completely different things.”

That kind of elasticity which is common to men, often called compartmentalization, allows a man to make terrible decisions which are divorced from a greater reality because he has narrowed his role and how he defines a situation before him.

But more is at work than the desire to convey an appearance of objectivity. The job of judging, unlike most occupations, strongly encourages individuals to see sides of an issue that are otherwise easily ignored. And the information that emerges may help explain why juridical drift is so often leftward.

Justice O’Connor, in a tribute to the late Justice Thurgood Marshall, described the influence of his “special perspective” on her—an influence that appears to have contributed to her leftward trajectory: “At oral arguments and conference meetings, in opinions and dissents, Justice Marshall imparted not only his legal acumen but also his life experiences, constantly pushing and prodding us to respond not only to the persuasiveness of legal argument but also to the power of moral truth.”

You see, because Marshall suffered, society must be engineered so that it won't happen to him again even if society has already changed and would not make him suffer such as he had again.

I think TR had it right:

When Theodore Roosevelt, feeling badly betrayed by his erstwhile nominee, remarked of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. that he “could carve out of a banana a judge with more backbone than that”. . .

If judgment is going to be all about acceptance by a Georgetown elite and a lot of touchy feely sadness about unfairness, then we will always be in trouble.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 2:06 PM |

Peter Max meets Jesus

A Catholic artist, Daniel Mitsui, in a pen and ink medium creates some marvelous images.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 12:18 PM |